[INDOLOGY] Visualisation of Buddha/Guru

Dipak Durgamohan Bhattacharya dipak.d2004 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 12:08:14 UTC 2014

Dear Colleague,
The answer might lie in the emergence of the kaaya theory along with the
concept of the docetic (nirmaa.nakaaya)Buddha among the Maahaasaa.nghikas.
Could you consult the Journal of research, Visva Bharati, vol.i, part 1,
1976-77: 41ff. I made some preliminary observations on the emergence oif
the kaaya concept. It seems that the concept of a Buddha which is not the
historical one should have originated among the Maahaasaa.nghikas.

On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM, James Hegarty <hegartyjm at googlemail.com>wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> Can anyone advise me as to how common visualisation of the Buddha or Guru
> is in Buddhist meditative practice?
> Can anyone also suggest the period in which such practices were likely to
> have developed? It is not something I associate with Pali sources (but I am
> no Buddhologist).
> I am particularly interested in materials that are likely to date to the
> first millennium of the common era.
> If there are any striking examples of this practice in other early Indian
> religious traditions, I would also be grateful to hear of them.
> With Thanks and Best Wishes,
> James Hegarty
> Cardiff University
> UK
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